by Peter Grady –
The Florida State Board of Education is coming under fire after it passed a policy that officially declares they have lower academic expectations for black students over others.
Last week, the board passed a revised strategic plan regarding their educational goals for student achievement in the state’s schools. According to the new plan, by 2018 they want 92 percent of the state’s Asian students to be reading at or above grade levels. However, the goal calls for lower goals for others including 86 percent for whites, 80 percent for Hispanics and blacks coming in last at 74 percent.
For reading the goals are similar with the state expecting 90 percent of Asians to be at or above grade level, but the expectations for whites are 88 percent, Hispanics at 81 percent and once again, the lowest expectations are for black students where the state will consider it a success if 74 percent of them are proficient.
The plan has infuriated parents and community activists from around the state who are saying the new goals essentially say they believe blacks are not able to learn as well as Asians and other racial groups.
According to CBS Tampa, the new goals are a requirement by the Obama administration to qualify for a waiver granted to the state exempting it from the requirements of the federal “No Child Left Behind Act.”